By LARRY VAUGHT
Drew Barker knew the first-half interception he threw in Saturday’s Blue-White game was a bad throw.
“Right when I threw it I knew it was probably going to get intercepted so I would definitely like to have that one back. There’s probably a couple of throws I would like to have back, but you know Coach Hinshaw and Coach Gran their motto is ‘white piece of paper mentality.’ You just have to flip the page and keep going,” Barker said.
He did on the next series by leading a touchdown drive on a two-minute drill to end the half.
“I mean, I was mad at myself for doing that because right when I threw it I knew it was going be a bad pass, but I just flipped the page and I think the two-minute drill helped and so I just tried to build off that. And we ended up with a touchdown, so that’s good,” Barker said.
He also ended up being named the starting quarterback by coach Mark Stoops after he outplayed Stephen Johnson in the spring game.
“I’m not going to treat it any differently. I’ve just been going in on off days, watching film and then coming out to practice. Just have to keep doing that consistently,” the sophomore quarterback said. “Have to get everybody on the same page, get everybody doing that. The summer is going to be big, but I mean the season is just now starting. We have a good starting point. It’s going to be a big summer for us.”
Stoops said he was pleased with the offense coming out of spring practice. Barker was not fooled.
“We weren’t perfect by any means. It definitely is good to hear that coming from the head coach. I’m excited to hear that, but I mean there’s still a lot of work to be done for sure,” Barker said.
“I feel like I’ve been a lot more comfortable in the pocket due to Coach Hinshaw – the footwork drills, and everything that he has taught us. I feel like that has been a big improvement for me from last year. I guess the game is kind of slowed down a little bit. I think the experience I got, the little bit of experience I got last year kind of helped me and is going to help me in the future.”